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July 17, 2012

Dove Men+ Care Wants You To Have Good Skin, As Do We

Now that I'm working out of an actual office and not out of my house, I've lost my SoCal PermaTan and have taken on the waxy pallor of a Moria cave troll. This might not be a bad thing, considering that for years I've been a typical San Diego beach guy, which means that I've done a fairly horrible job of protecting myself from the Sun's rays, eschewing sunscreen and rolling the dice in a game of craps with Helios, a nasty case of melanoma if I lose. 

Yes, while I bust out the paint rollers and coat my kids in several layers of SPF 5000 sunblock when we go to the pool or the beach, I've been a bit of an idiot when it comes to taking care of my own skin. As part of a series of sponsored posts (brought to you by the good people at Dove Men+ Care, who make nice stuff for guys that I and a couple of my fellow DadCentricians actually use), I got a chance to fire off a few questions to Rock Star Dermatologist Dr. Jeffrey Benabio. I'm not kidding - Glamour Magazine actually called him a "rock star", and he is a great guy who took time out of his busy schedule to answer those questions.

Me: It's safe to say that many men don't think of their skin when it comes to their overall health. What's the most surprising fact about dermatological health that might change that attitude?

Dr. Benabio: Men should be more conscious of skincare, especially sun protection, as skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. According to a recent study from the Skin Cancer Foundation “men over age 50 are more than twice as likely as women to develop and die from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.”

Me: Figuring out what sunscreen to use can be confusing, given all of the claims that various products make. What should we be wary of when looking to buy sunscreen?

Dr. Benabio: When looking for a sunscreen it is important to choose one with an SPF of 30 with zinc or titanium. A higher SPF won’t provide better protection, it just costs more! Other ingredients to look for are avobenzone and octocrylene. Also, keep in mind that re-application is more important than which product you are using.

Me: Obviously, skin cancer is a hot topic, especially among men who spend a lot of time outside. What other skin ailments should men be aware of? 

Dr. Benabio: Other common skincare problems for men include fungus or bacterial infections. To avoid such ailments it is important to keep the skin dry, which can be tough in the summertime. Be sure to remove sweaty clothes and shower immediately after working out, as sitting in sweaty clothes can lead to infections. Be sure to use a powerful, yet skin-moisturizing antiperspirant like Dove Men+Care’s Aqua Impact, which provides 48-hours of odor and wetness protection without irritating the skin.

Me: Since many of us are too insecure to buy skin care products, what are some other ways we can make sure that we have healthy skin?

Dr. Benabio: Men shouldn’t be insecure about using grooming products! Since there are brands designed for men, like Dove Men+Care (formulated specifically for men’s skincare needs), guys should feel comfortable buying them. Such products work best with men’s skin and are critical to keeping the skin healthy. You can also ensure healthy skin by staying hydrated, exercising and eating a lot of fruits and vegetables.


This post sponsored by Dove Men+ Care, which you probably figured out, and yes, I received payment for it, but they make good stuff, so consider it an endorsement.



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